“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Fallen Warriors

The power of the written word. The power of a painting or a graphic. Daily, we scan the web, this new medium with a power of unknown consequence. Instantly we retrieve words and pictures of uncountable files imbedded in silicon. In my modest short time of trying to find some truth in so much information, too much information, I, as you, often come across a gem and do not know what to do with it, but do not want to discard it.

In your comments, there are often links or thoughts that should be explored, thought about, and discussed, but then there comes the problem of time. We have our necessary and mundane duties. Ever try and remember something you forgot? Last night I did. I looked for it and found it. I looked for it because it occurred to me that during our many discussions, we deal with facts and numbers and sometimes the impact is lost.
The human mind can conceive of unlimited numbers but perceive only few. Grab a cup of coffee and respect a call for mandatory formation. Press the red button. Experience the incredible power of this silicon chip and plasma screen.

Mandatory Formation
from Tim Klimowicz, graphic designer


  1. The rate of red dot growth seems to keep apace, an ever expanding universe of violence.

    Seem localized, tough.
    Not much on the borders

  2. I got thinking about it after whit's post about the Lancet claim of 650,000 killed in Iraq. The numbers were hard to substantiate. I got to thinking, that the US keeps very good records of its KIA. The old analyst in me figured that American deaths would be where the action is. I had postulated that the Iraqi deaths would have occurred in concentrated areas as opposed to general areas.

    The press has an old chestnut, "if it bleeds, it leads". To get to the level of deaths necessary to come up with 600 000 plus, you need to have over 600 per day, every day. The press would be all over that.

    I knew I had that presentation in one of my files.This presentation shows where the American deaths have occurred. If the cause of the Iraqi deaths are Americans, logic requires the American and Iraqi death to occur in the same places. This presentation proves the 650,000 figure is an out right fabrication.

  3. There were aprox. 50,000 civilian deaths documented. There were not an equal number "buried in the desert", I'd bet.

    But what difference does it make, other than to reaafirm what is already known.
    There are those that do not base their politics on fact, but perception. They'll manufacture "facts" to fit the perception, if need be.

    Now on FOX News, "China has no intention of inspecting North Korean shipping"

  4. Now on FOX News, "China has no intention of inspecting North Korean shipping"

    Either North Korea gets 100% inspection of shipping or every Chinese container ship headed for the west coast of American can turn around. Their choice. In my dreams.

  5. The rhythm of the ticking seems to remain constant but one does detect that the outlier trouble areas are Baghdad, Ramadi and Fallujah.

    This would attest to a localization, as rat put it.

    All those little blips are just car accidents to half of America though. They see the army like a faulty manufacturer.